Father of teenage stowaway arrives in Hawaii: state official

Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:09am EDT

A 16-year-old boy is carried on a stretcher in Maui, Hawaii, April 20, 2014, as seen in this handout photo courtesy of Chris Sugidono,The Maui News. REUTERS/Chris Sugidono/The Maui News/Handout via Reuters

A 16-year-old boy is carried on a stretcher in Maui, Hawaii, April 20, 2014, as seen in this handout photo courtesy of Chris Sugidono,The Maui News.

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(Reuters) - The father of a 15-year-old Somali boy has arrived in Honolulu, where his son is in a hospital after surviving a trip from California to Hawaii stowed away in the wheel well of a jet, Hawaii officials on Tuesday.

The boy sneaked into the wheel compartment of a Boeing 767 that took off earlier this month from San Jose International Airport. He became one of only a fraction of stowaways to emerge alive after braving freezing temperatures and low oxygen levels.

He told investigators he wanted to go to Africa to see his mother, according to CNN.

Kayla Rosenfeld, a spokeswoman for Hawaii's Department of Human Services, said in a statement the boy's father arrived in Honolulu, though she declined to release additional information, citing privacy concerns. It was unclear if or when the Department of Human Services would release the teenager to his father.

The teen has been in a Hawaii hospital in the protective custody of child welfare authorities, Rosenfeld has said. The boy's father, of Santa Clara, has told Voice of America's Somali service that the family expected that the boy would soon be returned home to California.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Larry King)

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Comments (3)
hawkeye19 wrote:
More imports from the Democrats. Who paid for the Somali’s flight? The taxpayers?

Apr 30, 2014 11:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
moosemyfrnds wrote:
Airplane Stowaway’s are Muslims on a dry run, CAIR is defending them. CAIR Represents Airplane Stowaway’s Family, Father to Issue Statement. Ubah Mohamed Abdullahi, Yahya Abdi, Delvonte Tisdale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpOq_nyqD_s&feature=youtu.be this can be viewed on CAIRtv on youtube. Sunday, April 27, 2014

Apr 30, 2014 1:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
moosemyfrnds wrote:
here is the other fake immigration reform. Somali Muslims came here as refugee on our tax dollars. According to the Federal Government, A refugee is someone who has fled from his or her home country and cannot return because he or she has a well-founded fear of persecution based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. YET Somali Muslims in Minnesota are agitating on behalf of savage jihadists in Kenya. For one, think of the brutal torture and murder of mall shoppers in the Westgate mall jihad. Kenya is under bloody siege by jihad militias. And yet members of the Twin Cities’ Somali-American community gathered at the state Capitol after Friday prayer s to express “solidarity and demand justice for relatives in Kenya” waging jihad Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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